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weber gas grill vs ?

I'm looking for a new gas grill... Yes I know charcoal is better, but I don't want to hear that lecture, I don't have the time - I agree it tastes better!!!
We have been looking at Weber spirit or the next model up, but need some guidance as to whether it is really worth the extra $$$ for the weber.
Please help and add guidance and info

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  1. It's not like I have gone out and purchased a hundred grills and tested them all, so I am not going to pretend I am completely knowledgeable about all brands, but... all I can say is I've had both a Weber Baby-Q and then a Weber Genesis gas grill, both used fairly hard and used to make all sorts of foods... slow cooking ribs for hours, searing a steak or roasting delicate veggies. Both did a fantastic job on the food and still operate like new with minimal care. The electric start on the Genesis works very well and is totally reliable - I changed the battery (one AAA) in 30 seconds last week. I will never buy another brand.

    My parents used to buy cheap grills at Sears and they always rusted in 2 years and fell apart.

    1. I was looking at grills today and I think IMHO Weber is worth the extra bucks and the spirit is webers attempt to move down market not a good idea. I do like the genesis much more than the spirit you can feel the difference in the quality of the components

      1. jfood is on his second Genesis. The first lasted close to 20 years. The current one is 10+ years old. He has replaced the grates, the flavorizing bars and the ignition switch. In the 10 years of his current model he has probably cooked 1500-2000 meals.

        Yes he recommends the genesis.

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        1. re: jfood

          interesting stat and math...is that dog years?!! Agree that Weber makes a better grill, I also think care and maintenance also contribute to grill longevity...Like you have done

          1. re: BiscuitBoy

            Dinner opportunities = 10 * 365 = 3650
            Potential weekend lunches 104 *10 = 1040
            3650 + 1040 = 3690

            1500 / 3690 = ~40%

            There are times jfood will cook every dinner and at least one weekend lunch on the Weber.

            Directional hope this helps.

        2. Whatever grill you find that looks durable and well built with solid looking welds, and in the case of a gas grill, solid looking plumbing, should be great. I know you said you don't want to hear it, but I'm curious about why you would want a gas grill? To me, its pretty much the same as cooking inside the house...

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          1. re: Jemon

            it would be the same if one had a grill inside the house, yes?

            1. re: Jemon

              Actually cooking outdoors as opposed to indoors requires different skills, but both are great ways to prepare food. Since you have this mis-impression here's a site you may want to look at before you disparage those of us who have spent countless hours perfecting another tool in the tool kit.


              1. re: Jemon

                There is a difference between charcoal and gas, sure. But cooking on a good gas grill outside is completely different and still way, way better than cooking inside. You don't get the closed lid, drippings and smoke trapped inside the lid when you cook inside. You can't use wood chips inside. It's just not the same at all.

                1. re: tzakiel

                  Drippings from the lid? That doesn't sound like a plus.

                  1. re: tommy

                    No, drippings from the food. That's a bad thing in an indoor oven and a very good thing in an outdoor grill.

              2. last summer had a grill contest with 3 different grills, same burger - this was blind too, only one person knew which burger was cooked on what. 2 were gas, 1 was charcoal - thought for sure the charcoal would win (my fav) but hands down the Weber Genisis won.

                we still have a charcoal weber on our patio - that chiminea makes it very convenient in lighting the charcoal but we also have a nice Char Broil Patio Caddy on the deck but it's smaller for just us two - we love this, it's our second one and the first one lasted a very long time:

                1. I've had my Weber for years and love it. I use it fairly often. I've had to replace the flavor bars and ignition switch. Their customer service is top notch and are very patient.

                  My neighbor bought a Charbroiler a few years ago. I thought to myself when I saw it that I would see that in the trash before I had to get rid of mine. Sure enough, they only had it for 2 years and they seldom used it. My first grill was a Charbroiler. I was petrified of it. Flames would shoot out from the bottom.

                  I wouldn't buy anything but a Weber. It's tempting to buy something a bit cheaper (well, maybe quite a bit cheaper) but in the long run, the Weber is a far better investment.

                  I would suggest getting a cover for it and use it. You can get a cheap one at the Christmas Tree Shop that is sturdy. Just make sure you get it while spring/summer is approaching. You won't be able to buy one from the Christmas Tree Shop in the fall.

                  Happy Grilling!

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                  1. re: bearzie

                    This thread is timely - SO has a Charbroiler and yes, we use it to death. Just about daily and have had it for the last three years. It is slowly disintegrating - I'm terrified to use it. As in "I'm not starting dinner before you get home". I'll have everything chopped up, marinated, threaded on kebabs, etc., but I"m tired of losing eyebrows, bangs and life years trying to start the damn thing. Which is a shame cuz' I've always been the "BBQ Diva". I got really into it and could almost pull off any meal on the BBQ.

                    ChloeSabrina - From these recs I'd get the Weber too . . . maybe when the tax return gets in.

                    I totally agree w/ the gas vs charcoal. It's quicker and easier and I (used to) feel that I had more control.

                    1. re: JerryMe

                      before the Weber jfood had a couple of CharBroil grills. They lasted 2 years each.

                      Now the Webrs last at least 10-15 years

                      1. re: jfood

                        Yeah - We're pushing it on the three year mark. I know! Good info! I plan on being grilling in 10 years!

                      2. re: JerryMe

                        I think we're going to have to go with the genesis weber - I have to convince the SO, but since I do most of the grilling should be easy.
                        Has anyone used the rotisserie attachment? I do love rotisserie chicken and leg of lamb on the grill.

                        1. re: chloesabrina

                          Insert raised paw.

                          Jfood used it a lot and it was lost in the move to CT. Haven't replaced. But yes it was great

                          1. re: chloesabrina

                            yes, very easy. Great results for chicken, cornish hens, lamb--and does it work wonders on a pork roast.

                      3. We're also on our second Weber Genesis; we had the first for about 10 years (also replaced grates and flavorizer bars at one point), lost it in flood, and bought another when we moved back into our house 3+ years ago. We love it, use it very often, and I am most recently impressed at what a fantastic pizza oven it has proved to be. It's definitely been worth the extra $, cheaper in the long run than buying a new, cheaper, grill every few years.

                        1. OK for all the Sears brand knockers...We replaced our grill 2 years ago and decided to look at high end models like Weber. We wound up choosing the Kenmore Elite stainless model. All surfaces are stainless, including the flame cover things at the bottom and the grilling surface too. It has a searing area which is porcelain coated cast iron, and a rotisserie. I have to say it looks spectacular (all men love it) and has held up perfectly being outside, covered in winter here in NY. It was less $ than the Weber, and had similar features and construction, and we looked at a lot of grills.

                          1. I'll add myself to the column of happy Weber Genesis users, and add that it works great as a smoker. Put a couple of trays of soaked hickory chips under the grill surface, on top of the flavorizer bars directly above the front burner. Place the food over the rear burners and leave them off. Turn on the front burner to medium for a few minutes to get the smoke started, then turn it down and keep the lid closed, adjusting it until the temperature stays at a steady 225° - 250°. It will stay that way for hours and the results are spectacular. I've made perfect ribs, brisket, you name it. Cheaper gas grills can't keep a steady, low indirect heat like that.

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                            1. re: BobB

                              On the smoker front, Home Depot and Lowe's both sell smoker boxes that are cast iron troughs about the size of a large brick that sit on top of the flavorizers. Under $10, last time I looked, and very reusable.

                              1. re: ferret

                                I had a couple of cheap ones that rusted out after a few years, then last year found a
                                a really nice heavy enameled one for $5 at T.J. Maxx, of all places. Their selection of kitchen goods is quite random but they sometimes have great deals.

                            2. One thing that several have touched on but never explicitly talked about is: replacement parts.

                              The advantage of having a grill like a Weber is that #1 you get good quality and #2 replacement parts are VERY easy to come by. So where you might save $100 buying another brand, in 6 or 7 years you might have real trouble finding an essential replacement part. At that point you might have to buy another whole grill. With Weber, god forbid they go out of business, you won't run into that problem.

                              It's a perfect example of you get what you pay for.